Obama calls business leaders, governors about debt ceiling, shutdown

WASHINGTON Fri Oct 11, 2013 6:27pm EDT

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama spoke by phone to a group of about 150 leaders of major businesses on Friday afternoon to give them an update on talks with Congress on lifting the debt ceiling ahead of a default deadline next week, the White House said.

"The president reiterated that his first order of business is to urge Congress to reopen the government and remove the threat of default, and then he is willing to engage with Congress on a long-term budget," the White House said.

Obama also spoke with a group of 25 state governors about the government shutdown, now in its 11th day, and its impact on state budgets and the economy.

"He argued that the prolonged shutdown is having adverse consequences on consumer confidence and businesses, and is hurting local economies across the country that rely on tourism at national parks and monuments," the White House said.

(Reporting by Roberta Rampton; editing by Jackie Frank)

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Comments (5)
TheNewWorld wrote:
Is Obama scared of Boehner? That is the guy he should be talking to non stop, all day, every day, to get the government back up and running. I am sick of his complete lack of leadership on this issue. I would love for us to be able to recall everyone in the House, Senate, and Obama tomorrow and replace them with people who won’t play the partisan games. Replace them all with Independents and we would see them work together to get things fixed rather than trying to do what their party tells them to do.

Oct 11, 2013 7:10pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Onerioi wrote:
The Republicans have always said we have too much government. So why are the saying they want to negotiate to put the government back in business? Keep is shut down! Then we can see how life is with the lack of government that Republicans want.

Oct 11, 2013 7:20pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
4825 wrote:
I sat by the phone all day and he did not call me. Maybe it is because I did not vote for him and disagree with 90 plus percent of his policies. Of course I also never get any calls from all those polls that try to sway you and tell you how to think either.
I believe the country would be better off to be more like Texas and have both the senate and congress only meet a few months or so every two years. It would keep the government from getting a lot done and the president could play all the golf every day. We would all be so much better off.

Oct 11, 2013 8:07pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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